Ron Maddocks' cricket career began when he was just 14.
Mr Maddocks remembers playing cricket against men returning from the war.
"It was tough times in those days," he said.
"I look back and I was up against men coming back from the war - I was brought up pretty tough."
Mr Maddocks started playing for Youth Club Cricket Club in 1946 - one year after the club was formed.
"I played in 10 premierships and was a captain for a few of them," he said.
"But, from my career, probably the thing I am proud of the most is when the late Alf Hunt and myself created the junior cricket association and later the Grampians Cricket Association."
Mr Maddocks said the association was formed after a conversation with Mr Hunt.
"He came to me one day and said, 'what do you think about joining with Ararat?'," he said.
"I passed the idea around. Youth Club, at that time, was dominating a bit in the cricket and we thought, 'why not?'.
"It was great cricket - some of the best cricket I ever played."
Mr Maddocks said he played the sport with some talented cricketers around - but there was none better than Henry Gunstone.
"Once we joined and became the Grampians Cricket Association, I will never forget going to Ballarat Country Week with Henry," he said.
"He made four 100s in a row.
"As we got to the ground on the Friday, I asked, 'what are all these cars doing here?'.
"Of course, they were all there to see Henry."
Mr Maddocks chuckled at the outcome.
"They all went home pretty quick - he made a duck," he said.
Despite the humour involved, Mr Maddocks said he would never forget that winning feeling and also the following weeks later at Melbourne Country Week.
"Winning Melbourne Country Week will never happen again," he said.
"This was back in '68 and it was the best cricket side I played in.
"The association doesn't play Melbourne Country Week anymore."
One of the funniest things Mr Maddocks said he remembers was when he was coaching at the juniors.
"I sat all the players down in the old hall," he said.
"I was telling them about cricket - if you get hit by a ball don't show pain at all.
"This little bloke in the corner said 'but it goes close'."
Mr Maddocks was a batsman and still holds the record at Youth Club for the only player to ever make more than 1000 runs in a season - a record he achieved in the 1968-69 season.
Mr Maddocks' former team will resume the second day of A Grade play in a strong position against Halls Gap on Saturday.
The Clubbers already took first innings points, with an outright win on the cards.
Swifts-Great Western will also be on the hunt for an outright win against Buangor-Tatyoon while Aradale requires 82 runs with seven wickets in hand against St Andrews, with the winner to play finals.
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